Horsham a big winner at this year's Tidy Towns' Awards
Horsham pulled off three impressive wins and a high commendation in this year’s Sustainable Communities – Tidy Towns Awards which were announced at a virtual event in Beechworth on Saturday night.
The awards recognise and celebrate grassroots positive actions taken by individuals, community groups, educational institutions, businesses and councils across rural and regional Victoria.
These include initiatives that protect the environment, reduce waste, preserve our heritage, change behaviours, increase social wellbeing, celebrate Indigenous culture and encourage strong leadership, particularly among our youth.
Horsham’s award wins are as follows:
- The Indigenous Culture Award went to the Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-Operative for its Goolum Goolum NAIDOC Art Exhibition 2019 which brought together an array community projects showcasing local Aboriginal heritage and culture.
- The Young Legend Award went to wool buyer, Zack Currie, for injecting new life into the local Ag Society, for leading and initiating events such as the Horsham Show, Horsham German Fest and the New Year’s Eve Family Event to name but a few and for bringing in new (and youthful) members into the society.
- Horsham City Council’s Energising Communities project secured the Energy Award for the installation of solar panels in three of its council community halls in the shire. These installations have not only dramatically reduced electricity bills but surplus energy has provided a steady income stream for the local committees of management.
- The Wimmera Hospice Care Auxiliary collected a High Commendation for its fund-raising initiatives that have resulted in the lease or purchase of vital medical equipment for the hospice department of Wimmera Health Care Group. This year’s funds will help refurbish the palliative care room in the Oxley ward.